The Effects of a Healthy Diet on Dental Health
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It is estimated that nearly 23% of UK adults over the age of 65 do not have any of their own teeth, according to an Adult Dental Health Survey. Regardless of how well we try and look after our teeth, years of chewing, drinking and brushing combined with some underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes, liver diseases, and gastrointestinal diseases, are sure to take their toll on our dental health. While regular brushing, flossing, using a quality mouthwash and regular visits to one of Liverpool’s superb dental facilities are all known to promote good oral hygiene, eating healthy, nutrient-rich food is just as important if you are trying to ward off further dental problems.
What is the best food to eat for improved dental health?
A diet high in nutrient-dense foods can benefit the oral health of children, adults, and seniors and should be introduced as early as possible in life in an effort to reduce the risk of dental problems later on. A closer look at the exact nutrients needed to prevent tooth decay and boost oral hygiene, as well as the ways to incorporate these nutrients into the diet, will make it a lot easier to choose beneficial foods. It may, however, be difficult to follow a regular diet due to the pain and discomfort caused by existing dental concerns. If this is the case, it is important to find creative ways to ensure that all the nutritional requirements are met without inflicting any further agony.
- Bone broth
When battling gum disease it is of the utmost importance to consume foods that are high in collagen to prevent severe tissue degeneration. There are many good sources of collagen that can easily be incorporated into a senior’s diet. While egg whites and citrus fruits are both considered to be powerful collagen-building food, bone broth is undeniably one of the best sources. Bone broth is typically made by boiling the bones and connective tissues of various animals together with some herbs, spices and even vegetables to make a hearty, healthy broth. Not only is bone broth delicious and easy to consume, but it is also cheap to make, making it easy to include in a senior’s often-tight budget.
Apart from being high in collagen, as previously mentioned, eggs are also rich in Vitamin D which has strong decay-busting properties. Apart from aiding in keeping your mouth healthy, the choline contained in eggs boosts memory as well as help in stress management. Due to their versatility, it is extremely easy to incorporate eggs into a diet. Scrambled eggs, for example, are quick and simple to make and can even be enjoyed by a senior who has difficulty chewing. Where possible, try to purchase your eggs from local outlets as they are bound to be fresher and therefore more beneficial to your health than supermarket eggs.
Yoghurt is already a firm-favorite among many seniors due to its versatility, health benefits and the fact that it is gentle on the mouth and gut. Although flavoured yoghurts are nice, plain, unsweetened variants are by far the healthiest as it is loaded with Vitamin D, teeth-strengthening calcium and powerful probiotics that are known to give the immune system a healthy boost. You can pick up yogurt from your nearest supermarket or corner shop or, alternatively, venture back to the farm stores for quality, organic products. If you don’t like the taste of the plain yoghurt, try adding some soft fruit, a bit of honey or even some nuts and seeds if you are not experiencing any pain or discomfort while chewing.